The Amstel Boatel website uses the word Luxurious to describe the accommodation. Luxurious IT IS NOT! This is a Budget Hotel in every sense of the word. Firstly the Bad News.
The rooms are compact and the bathrooms are small to the point of tiny. The furnishings are minimal and the carpet is thin. The glasses are thin plastic ones and there is no tea/coffee making in the room. Our particular room had a shower with a broken fitting meaning that we had to hold the shower head with one hand while showering with the other! There was no plug in the sink and no bathroom fan so the place got very steamy at times.
Now for the Good bits.
The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly. The rooms are warm and the TV picture is good and has BBC2 and BBC world service programmes available. The breakfasts are adequate and the breakfast area is pleasant. The location is unusual and industrial but we found it interesting and not offputting. It was only a 5 minute walk from the free ferry that took you to the rear of the central station, which in turn was only a 10 minute ride. The ferry ran every 30 mins and was more frequent during the morning and evening rush hours.
All in all as a lower price budget Hotel it is fit for the job, but please do not set your expectations by reading the brochure or web site, or you may be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Amstel Botel is Amsterdam's floating hotel. Stay in our hotel with unique design in appearance. We are located in the center of Amsterdam just 3 minutes walk from the Central Railway Station and 18 minutes ride from Amsterdam Airport, which offers a splendid opportunity to discover Amsterdam's history, culture and beauty. The Amstel Botel has 175 rooms, smoking and non-smoking rooms available, all with toilet/shower, hot/cold water, safe, AM/FM clock radio, writing desk, telephone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amstel Botel Hotel Amsterdam
- Amstel Botel Alkmaar
- Amstel Botel Hotel Alkmaar
- Botel Amsterdam